Mumbai: Teenaged cricketer struck by arrow battles for life

Sixteen-year-old Brijesh Sahani, whose brain was pierced by a stray arrow at Dahisar’s VPM Sports Club, is critical in the ICU; police book teenage archer for negligence

Sixteen-year-old cricketer Brijesh Sahani, who was injured when a stray arrow pierced his head at Dahisar’s Vishwa Pragati Mandal Sports Club on Friday, continued to struggle for his life in the ICU of Borivli’s Karuna Hospital yesterday.

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The doctors and staff of the hospital said “they were praying for a miracle that might save Sahani”. Meanwhile, the MHB colony police station has arrested the manager of the club, Bipin Bihari, for negligence, under Sections 287 and 338 of the IPC. They have also booked the teenaged archer — who was practising archery nearby in the same club — under similar charges. The archer is slated to appear for a national level archery competition in two days and is likely to face charges after his return.

Sixteen-year-old cricketer, Brijesh Sahani, who is now in the ICU after brain surgery
Sixteen-year-old cricketer, Brijesh Sahani, who is now in the ICU after brain surgery 

Yesterday, mid-day reported the incident wherein Sahani, who allegedly ran to the middle of archery range set up in the open ground while practicing cricket a few meters away, collapsed when the arrow pierced the left side of his head and emerged from the right. His neurosurgeons removed the metal but were worried about an infection.

Medical Superintendent of Karuna Hospital, DK Bose, said this was the first time he had witnessed a patient surviving a foreign object penetrating the brain through and through. “In Sahani’s case, the metal arrow penetrated the cerebrum, the largest part of the brain and responsible for higher brain functions related to thought and action. The repercussions of the incident will be clearer after two or three days. There is a high chance of a meningitis infection, so we are being careful,” said Bose.

Sahani’s father, Parasnath, said that his son was a Sachin Tendulkar fan and dropped out of school in Class 8 to dedicate his time to cricket. “I can’t blame anybody for this accident. Both my son and the archer are of the same age. The archer’s family is paying for the medical expenses. I pray that my son recovers and can follow his dream of being selected in the Indian cricket team in the future,” said the father. Parasnath is a rickshaw driver and paid R1,000 every month for his son’s coaching in spite of his modest economic background.

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